That’s an excellent point—“While the Obama campaign has attacked the Republican “war on women,” it has not targeted as explicitly the GOP “war on workers.”
But then again.. could it do so credibly? In These Times has documented many anti-worker policies of this administration. Yet there’s probably a huge pool of votes out there waiting for a candidate to address ordinary people’s problems. Unfortunately, our political parties furiously filter candidates so as to exclude anyone not acceptable to contributors, not unlike the way that the political bureaucracy in Iran filters out candidates not acceptable to the theocracy.
Posted by John Iacovelli on Apr 23, 2012 at 6:15 AM
I remember when fairness meant pulling your own weight and not being a burden to others. Too many people are relying on government to provide their bread and butter…shameful when I grew up except for families left destitute by tragedy. Unions were for the working man’s protection, but too many people raided the dues either criminally or to buy political lip service. A union ain’t doing a good job if it can’t keep it’s industry viable and competitive…workers then benefit by having steady employment. Government can’t protect the country if it goes insolvent due to overbearing photo-opting, golden-shoveling, politicians who are overly generous with taxpayers money. The white working class needs to recover it’s “true grit” and restore American ingenuity while providing the goods and services the country needs. Maybe 3D printing, new materials, low energy costs, and improved communication (via internet devices) will lead to a new renaissance that will provide growth for local communities and improve econimic conditions nationally.
Posted by cj on Apr 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM
European-americans are non-existent on the Obamunist priority list. And they are returning the contempt in a big way in November. Obama will have to be crushed at the polls in order for working class Americans to have a glimmer of hope for change in the way that Washington is gutting the middle class to pay for the wars and the nanny state. But it won’t be enough simply to launch the Obamas into near-earth orbit on their way back to the most corrupt city in the US. The gutless sycophants in Congress who enabled this malevolent sociopath have to be sent packing as well.
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Posted by ronald donovan on Apr 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM
If Obama can rely upon the support of the “highly educated” then America’s education system is evidently worthy of criminal prosecution.
After incongruously helping deliver Obama a “historic” popular mandate, Michael Moore then (in an October 31, 2008 Democracy Now! interview) said, “I’m hoping he [Obama] breaks his campaign promises.”
This (below) is what the “highly educated” “smart voter” 2008 Obamamaniacs voted for:
The “dumb” resource wars for profit became “necessary” and “humanitarian” serial wars of aggression.
America’s sick system in which private medical insurance extortionists profit from denial of healthcare was made sicker, with mandates for greater profits from more denial of public funded healthcare for all.
Goldman Sachs was given control of economic policy; industry’s best downsizer was given control of jobs policy; Monsanto was given control of food safety policy…
The unspecified science Obama campaign promised to restore “to its rightful place” was the science dedicated to enhancing the invasiveness of the security state apparatus, and the science deployed in deeply depraved development of remote control weaponry.
Mountaintop removal became “sustainable economic development” because Democrats were permitting it; and the insanity of maintaining energy dependence upon fossil-fuels through tar sands extraction and hydrofracking to rip tiny gas remnants from stone is being scheduled to be massively increased… with liberal supported “environmental” agencies and NGOs making that desperate energy descent extraction insanity “safe” by regulating environmentalists to protect polluters.
The Obamanation response to climate change denial was to blithely ignore that existential threat — refusing to responsibly lead global efforts necessary to mitigate the catastrophe — while instead preparing to create an “historic” climate collapsing market bubble swapping bundles of pollution credits… while the polar caps recede; the glaciers all melt away into the seas; and the defrosted permafrost releases massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere.
If the “highly educated” vote for Obama again, in 2012, they will prove beyond any doubt that there’s nothing more uneducable than an “educated” liberal.
Jill Stein for President!
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Posted by Natalie Huhn on Apr 28, 2012 at 1:53 AM
In order to get the white working class male back, the Democrats will have to actually come up with populist programs and results beyond populist rhetoric. That will be difficult in that the Democrats are just as ensnared in a corrupt system of campaign funding as are the Republicans. The only real difference is that the Dems, mostly, are dragged kicking and screaming into it while the Repubs rush headlong and joyously into it with hands open and expecting to have them filled with piles of cash.
If the Dems truly want to get lasting support from ANY major demographic, they will have to produce—produce serious, real policies and functional programs that will turn back the parasitic hoard that the “1%” have become, that will reform or replace the banking sector so that finance once again facilitates instead of dominates, that will provide adequate revenue for both state and federal governments to provide services without self-destructing.
And even then, it will take time. Public perceptions do not change overnight, barring some catastrophic event. But the Dems must begin now. To write off a significant portion of the electorate as lost is suicidal. It was lost for a reason. It was lost by preoccupation with appeasing funders and the wealthy in general. It can be reclaimed only by strong and productive policies.
Posted by Sefton on Apr 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Yes, we need more Bushonomics to resume our years-long tradition of upward wealth redistribution to the (obviously) Chosen Few. Our rich live in agonizing terror of losing a measure of the comfort and privilege to which they have grown so accustomed, and suffer absolute despair that anyone in this country should dare to demand that they follow the rules and laws of mere citizens.
Posted by dhfabian on May 16, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Why would having a college education mean that you aren’t working class. The percentage of the whites who are working class is probably higher then it was in the 50’s due to America’s economic decline and many people falling out of the middle class.
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